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FOTD: Close to Nature on a Rainy Day

6/27/2011Shen Gee

There will come a time that when you wake up one morning that you're bored as hell with your usual safe make up and will want something brighter. Much like my featured FOTD here. But the thing is, you're scared to do it. You don't feel you have the right skills, the proper tools and the products that can pull off a bright make-up look.

Let me tell you now that those are easily remedied. Let me share you how I was able to pull off a look like this one.

I basically used mineral makeup for this gold and green eye makeup look. It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon and I want something close to nature for my makeup, but definitely something bright to ward off the blues of the day.

To achieve this look I did the following:
  1. Apply a base primer like Ellana Eye Primer to even out the eyelid color and to make the eyeshadow stay put from oily eyelids.
  2. Using the foil technique where in you wet your stiff flat brush, I applied a basic gold eyeshadow (mineral or powder for more vibrancy) and slightly patted in on my inner eyelids. It's going to be wet so you need to wait for it to dry.
  3. With a blending brush (much like MAC 222, 217 or Charm Blending brush), apply a dark green shade to your crease to provide gradation and dimension.
  4. Blend the harsh line with a shade slightly lighter from your dark green eyeshadow.
  5. To define your brow bone, apply a highlighter.

With bold eye makeup like this, it's easy to look like you've been punched or something much worst. I remedy this by doing the following:
  1. With an eyeliner or gel liner, define the shape of your eyes. This gives a cleaned up illusion and accentuate the brightness of your eyeshadow.
  2. Curl your lashes really well and define them liberally with a black mascara. This also removes excess products that fell on to your lashes that tend to make your eyes look sullen and sleepy.
  3. Clean eyeshadow fall outs with baby wipes or makeup cleansing wipes, especially on the edge of the eyes.

Now that we're done with the eyes and cleaning what ever mess we've created, let's get on with the face:

  1. With a foundation that can withstand the weather and the icky humidity, use it as a highlighter and apply it on your forehead, chin, under eyes and on the bridge of your nose. Blend out until it's even.
  2. With a powder foundation, set your foundation for a flawless finish.
  3. Give your face an additional dimensional look by applying a bronzer to your cheekbones, your jawlines and side of the nose. If you have a wide forehead, apply the bronzer on the edge of your hairline to cheat that it looks shorter.
  4. Apply blush on to the apple of your cheeks, use a similar shade to how your cheeks naturally blush.
  5. Don't forget to groom your brows.  Leave this last if you like defining your brows with a brow pencil or palette.

Tip: Brighten your eyes not only through mascaras but also with concealer. If the foundation isn't enough to cover dark under eyes, lighten it with a yellow base concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone. It's a sure fire way to eliminate the "punched-panda" look.

Products used:

Ellana Mineral Eye Primer
Ellana MPM in Thrilled (goldest eyeshadow ever!)
BareNaturals Mineral Eyeshadow in Soldier
Ellana MPM in Twilight (shimmery green with gold flecks)
Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in 01 Black
Maybelline Lone Extreme Stiletto Mascara in Black

Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation
Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder
Ellana Sheer Natural Mineral Bronzer in Light Roast
Ellana Blush N' Bloom Mineral Powder Blush in Kitten

Don't forget the lips. I use a very nice pink shade but you can also use coral shades as it goes well with green eye makeup. I used my current favorite, Avon  Ultra Moisture Lipstick in Barely There.

There you have it, pretty much how I do a bright makeup look. It's very easy and it really perks up the rainy days. I hope I was able to help anyone out there who wish to do a very bright makeup look.

I sincerely missed doing this. I'm glad, I get to blog again. Thanks for reading!

*Photos taken with Nikon D5000 and Nikkor 35mm lens under natural sunlight. Photos are unedited. :)

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